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IN RUHLEBEN 




No. 6. 




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announcement on the 

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In 

Ruhleben Camp 



N^6. 



August 



1915. 




|HUS far the Camp has conininnicated with th.e 
Antliorities at Home on the subject of our 
medal and our release, is it not time that in 
some way or other we indicated to the folks 
at home that the Rnhleben Camp is not an 
entirely self-centred, Community, thinking 
only of its own little worries, with no thought whatever 
for those in far worse plight than ourselves and those who 
are making far greater sacrifice than those we have been 
privileged to make". 

This is the question that Britishers in the Camp have 
been asking themselves and we feel that a comunication 
from a number of readers who wish to remain anonymous 
gives a fitting Solution to the problem of how we may 
best manifest our sympathy to the folks at home. The 
Suggestion they make is that a collection be made in the 
Camp with a view to raising a sum sufficient to endow a 
"Ruhleben bed" in one of our Red Cross Hospitals. 

. We feel that our readers would wish us to adopt the 
Suggestion and place our Organisation at the convenience 
of those who wish to carry out the scheme and accordingly 
next week we shall hand boxes to various relief officers 
and request them to retain them for a month. 

We have decided to extend the duration of the collec- 
tion over this period in Order that those whose funds are 
small may have an opportunity of contributing their few 
pence each week and thus even the poorest Britisher in the 
Camp may subscribe his round Shilling. 

Remember — The boxes will not be taken to you — 
you must go to the box, as you will do if you are a true 
Britisher. The money will be extracted and counted in the 
presence of several responsible members of the Camp and 
then forwarded by us to the American Embassy with a 
request that same be handed to the Home Authorities with, 
a note explaining the use we wish to be made of it. 



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I AR TS & SCIENCE I 



UNION 



We are preparing a new Programme of 
special lectures on literary, scientific & artistic 
matters for the winter. 



Our populär lectures continue as usual. 



We regret being unable to report any further 
progress in the matter of accomo Nation for the 
winter. 




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PHOEBE THIRSTS FOR KNOWLEDGE. 

**TT"s a terrible waste of time being here and doing absolutely 
V, nothing" said Phoebe, "I think we ought to make better 
use of it." 

"Oli Phoebe ! Have you caught that madness too. Come 
and watch the cricket." 

"No, we won't go and watch the cricket, so there ! You 
lie about in a deck-chair miich too much, as lt is. I've decided 
we shall study something, learn something together." 

"Now, which do you mean, Phoebe? I wish you would 
express yourself clearly. You can study almost anything here, 
but I'll bet 10 — 1 you don't learn anything." 

"Don't be silly. Wlhy do you suppose all those peopie 
go to the lectures ?" 

"They don't go to the lectures, they go to sleep, or to 
indulge in dreams of happier days. There are no dreams like 
day-dreams and nothing like the soft, droning voice of a 
lecturer to conjure them up. There is one gentleman in par- 
ticular, with a deep bass voice, Whose lectures I never miss. 
The sound of those sonorous tones of his floating down the 
Grandstand is enchanting. Still, if you really want to go to 
lectures to listen to them, let's start with something light. 
There is a populär lecture just beginning now. What do you 
say ?" 

"All right." 

It happened to be a lecture on Tuscany. The lecturer 
was discussing the map he had drawn on the black-boarJ, 
"There" said Phoebe proudly. "I've learnt something already. ' 

"What is that" I enquired drowsily. 

"Why, the town of Pisa has moved since the war starhed. 
It used to be mland, but now it's on the coast.' 




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"I can't help it.'' 

"Do you realise how important that is ? It means another 
seaport for Italy." 

"If it's there for good, and not only for the length of 
the lecture." 

"Of oourse it is. You don't suppose they move towns 
backwards and forwards, do you? Here, wake up and listen 
to me. We shall go to all populär lectures in future. They 
will keep us informed about what is going on outside the 
Camp. We may hear all kinds of things we should never 
have heard otherwise." 

"I consider it very probable indeed. A lecturer here said 
not long ago that Quebec was captured by the English in the 
17th Century." 

"You're too particular." • 

"Hm." 

"But we must do something besides go to these lectures. 
I want to learn something definite, so I can say when I get 
out, I did not waste my time in Ruhleben. I learnt how to 
dynamic a particle, there !' or something like that. Let's join 
one of these classes, you see everywhere." 

"I really don't think you would care for them," I pleaded. 
"Why not ? Aren't the te achers — — ?" 
"On the contrary, we owe a debt of gratitude to the 
teachers and lecturers here." 

"What is it then — the accommodation ?" 
"What a question ! We've got a whole grandstand. True 
it's sometimes a little damp and draughty, and one works to 
an accompaniment of astonishing statements supported by amazing 
proofs and instructions that would make an anti-vivisectionist's 
hair stand on end, as for example — insert a pump, a bicycle 
pump will do — plus the difference between the Square of 
— no, the, not ze, t, h, e, the — sign for pr, a thick curve 
badkwards — and the young feeding on — the Spanish for 
backbone — use the pump with care and the medusa will — 
not bite unless you take — no, not ze, the I teil you — 
Square of xy plus 27 — the fish will recover — if you make 
a small curve upwards — in the now distorted layer of cells 
of — the, I keep on telling you, can't you hear the difference, 
the, the, THE, not ze — . Still, the accommodation is not 
so bad, considering." 

"Then what are you talking about ?" 

The pupils. We suffer here from a peculiar migrating 

variety of the genus pupil. I don't know whether it is in 

the climate or not, but you cannot get them to stick to one 

thing for long. They float around from lecture to lecture„ 




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from language to language, and end up as silly as they started. 
They have come to regard learning the f irst six chapters of 
Otto, or the first Berlitz book as a hobby, a pastime; but 
further than that you cannot get them to go. I do not suppose 
there is a single man in the Camp who cannot ask you how 
you f eel, how you feit yesterday, in half a dozen languages ; 
but I doubt if there are more than ten who can say what is 
wrong with them in three." 

"But they may have nothing wrong with them/' 
„Impossible, eise they would go to work in a different way." 
"Indeed! And how would you go to work?'' 
"Like this, Phoebe" and putting my deck-chair down as 
low as lt would go, I closed my eyes. 

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THE STRIAE. 

AT tne moment of going to press the Camp is in a state 
cf bewilderment. On every hand one hears qusstions as 
to what lt is all about and wo feel we shall only be performmg 
our public duty in giving as concise and accurate an acoount 
of the affair as possible. At the end of May, the Captains 
decided to split the vanous activities of the Camp into sections 
and to entrust the control of each section to a committee 
nominated by the Captain in charge of that department. Thus 
Mr. Klingender, and later on Mr. Hawkins, took charge of 
the Education of the Camp and all educational bodies were 
placed under the control of the Education Committee nominated 
by him. In the same manner Mr. Thorpe took charge of the 
Entertainments and nominated a committee to control same. 
All properties of the then existing Societies, the Dramatic 
Society and the Irish Players, the Revue and the Variety 
Players, were taken over by the Committee without any previous 
consultation with them. Capt. Powell at the time declared 
that all these properties had been bought with Camp money 
and were Camp property although the labour had been supplied 
gratis by the Societies. The funds of the Societies were also 
impounded and these included Mk. 900. — odd, profits of the 
Revue and Mk. 900. — odd, handed over by the Variety Show 
for the installation of shower-baths. 

Since then all monies paid for entrance to shows have 
been handed over to the Entertainments Committee and they 
have disbursed the monies necessary to provide the properties. 
Up to the present despite repeated requests, the Committee has 
not presented a balance sheet to the Camp. The Committee as 
f irst nominated consisted of the f ollowing members : Chairman : 
Mr. J. Thorpe, and Messrs. Adler, Roker, Tapp, Crossland 
Briggs and Butterworth. 

Mr. Butterworth resigned his seat some eight weeks ago, 
and Mr. Adler followed suit at the beginning of this month. 

On June 2 Ist the Musical Society requested representation 
on the Entertainments Committee. This was refused. 

On July 26th the Dramatic Society resolved unanimously : 
"That this Society protests against the present Constitution of 
the Entertainments Committee." This resolution was transmitted 
to the Captains. No reply was reeeived. 

On Aug. 2nd the Dramatic Society passed unanimously 
the following complaints addressed to the Captains : 




1) In its Constitution the E. C. is entirely unrepresen- 
tative, in this way differing from other committees in which the 
Camp organisations controlled are represented by their offieers. 

2) It has accumulated large funds and regards the finan- 
cial aspeet of its affairs as of primary importance. 

3) It permits the payment of large sums of money for the 
hire of costumes and effects by such persons as secure from 
it the use of the Hall, giving them at the same time the free 
use of all effects manufactured by the industry of members 
of the R. D.S. We, on the other hand are fully co<nvincedl 
that excellent entertainment for all classes of persons in turn 
may be given by ourselves and others with very modest outlay, 
and have ourselves shown the way in this respect. It is entirely 
against the interest of our country that money should go out- 
side for the hire of things that could be made here. 

4) It grants large sums of money to persons or bodies 
undertaking to amuse the Camp, this money being partly ex- 
pended in payment of work which might be voluntary. In our 
opinion money should only be expended upon materials, or upon 
labour for which volunteers cannot be öbtained. This society 
has never found any difficulty in obtaining volunteers for work 
of a purely manual and uninteresting nature. 

5) The Costumes and effects made by the R. D. S. and now 
controlled by the E. C. are negl'ected and, further, are applied 
to purposes other than entertainment in the Hall. 



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6) The E. C. appears to be without a secretary, and its 
decisions are not regularly communicated formally and "without 
delay to the organisations interested. 

7) It undertakes costly structural alterations to the stage 
and scenery, without competent advice and consultation of the 
interests of all concerned. 

We trust that you will therefore see your way to recon- 
struct the ^Committee on a satisfactory basis. We have invited 
other Camp ^Organisations to confer with us in order to fo|r- 
mulate proposals for reconstruction, and to suggest general rules 
for the guidance of the Committee. 

No reply was received to. this. 

On Aug. llth, the repräsentatives of the Societies met 

and draf ted the following letter to Captain Powell : 

"The following Societies, the Ruhleben Dramatic Society, the 
Musical Society (including Orchestra). the Irish, French and German 
Societies, hereby beg to inform the Captains of the Camp that failing 
the dismemberment of the present Entertainments Committee and its 
complete re-formation along the lines submitted to the Captains, the 
above-mentioned Societies will cease activities in the Camp dating from 
Saturday, Aug. 14^- (Signed by the Secretaries of the Various Societies)" 

At this point a Captain informed the Societies that Mr. 
Powell had never submitted the question for discussion at the 
Captains' Meeting nor had he announced to them the receipt 
of the two letters and accordingly the letter was withheld 
for 24 hours. It was then sent in and Mr. Powell called the 
representatives of the Societies together, informed them that 
the letter was nbthing less that an Ultimatum and demanded its 
withdrawal. 

On consideratism of the fact that even yet the matter 
had not been laid before the Captains' Meeting and not wishing 
to prejudice the matter in their eyes, the letter was withdrawn 
until Sunday 15th. 

On Aug. 16th, Mr. Thorpe informed the Societies that 
the Entertainments Committee had been entrusted with the 
formation of a new Committee. He proposed that the Com- 
mittee should consist of the following : Chairman, Capt. Thorpe ; 
Vice-Chairman, Capt. Turnbull. Two outside members to be 
nominated by Mr. Turnbull and himself : Messrs. Tapp and 
Roker, and two members to be nominated by the Societies. 

As this proposal meant that the Committee would consist 
of six nominees of the Captains' Office as against two nominees 
of the Societies controlled, the letter with regard to cessation 
of activities was again delivered to the Captains. On the 
following morning Mr. Thorpe met the Societies and offered 
to increase the number of the Societies' representatives to three, 
this was the utmost concession he could make. He also stated 
that the Captains' object on principle to representation. 




Accordingly the Societies are doing no more work in the 
Camp until they reoeive the representation they demand and 
the Entertainments Committee produces a füll Balance-Sheet. 

Just previous to going to press (Wednesday August 25th) 
the Societies offered to accept Mr. Thorpe's proposed com- 
mittee with the amendment that the Societies have four reprä- 
sentatives, one for the R. D. S., one for Music, one for the 
Irish & German, and one for the French and presumably the 
Debating Society. 

Mr. Thorpe, in whose hands the matter has been placed 
solely by the Captains, is now considering this proposal. 

(For further discussion of this matter- see "Holes 
& Corners.") 

THIS YEAR, NEXT YEAR - 

'T'HIS year, next year, now or never; 
■*■ That's the question — shall we ever 
See the spuds and onions growing 
In the cabbage patch at home? 
Watch the kiddies gaily blowing 
Bubbles from the soapy foam? 

Sitting by the fireside fender 

Roasting chestnuts on the ember — 

(Sweet the memory, and tender) — 

You and wifey — you remember. 

This year, next year, now or never; 

That s the — damn it ! — Shall we ever ? 



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VfCORJV£f$ 



IT is generally understood, that the weird sounds \ve have 
had inflicted upon us during the past fortnight, by Mr. Jacko, 
on the extraordinary new instrument, are the results of earnest 
endeavours to put into practice his conception of Mr. Leigh 
Henry's Futurist Theories. 



ABOU7 the photo of the Baby, a contributor takes us 
to task for advertising for the fond parent, "when everyone 
knows that the one and only Dadd can be round at any time 
in Barrack 10, Gartenplatz — applying overload tests to other 
people's deck-chairs". We apologise. We never think of great 
things at the right moment. 



CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. Anstey for choosing the song 
"Anchored" with which to delight us, at a recent Promenade 
Concert. The title seemed to describe our plight here very aptly. 



WE understand that the "Trial by Jury" is to be given 
shortly. It is surely time to protest, haven't we enough trials 
as it is, without inflicting more upon ourselves ? We should 
have thought that of all the operas of the immortal Savoyards; 
"Patience" was the one to suit Ruhleben. 



A friend of ours, wh-o suffers agonies from indigestion, 
caused no doubt through living on a tinned diet, has in con- 
sequence a red and inflamed complexion. This is not his only 
woe, he teils us that innumerable persons have accosted him!, 
much to his annoyance, and in mysterious whispers asked "How 
did you get it in?" 



WILL readers please note that we have still a few copies 
of Nos. .1, 3 and 5, which may be had at their original' price 
on application to the Printing Office. Copies of the French plays 
"Un Opere Sans Douleur" and "L'Anglais — tel qu'on le parle" 
are also to be had at the same office, price 35 Pf. each. 



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ON another page we give a history of the events which 
Jiave led up to the "strikie" of the dramatic societies and the 
orchestra but fiave refrained from prejudicing the mere recital 
ot the facts by any eomments of our own. 

The dispute is one of vital interest to the Camp, because 
the issue will affect the future attitude of the Captains to the 
Camp. The two most noteworthy features of the affair are the 
Captains' objection to the principle of representation on committees 
and secondly Mr. Powell's treatment of letters handed to him as 
the representative of the Captains' Office. 

On Aug. 2nd a Ietter from' the Dramatic Society setting* 
forth their complaints with regard to the Entertainments Com- 
mittee was handed to Mr. Powell but on Aug. 12 th, it appeared 
that he had spoken of that Ietter to only three of his brother 
captains and !had never put the matter before a Captains' mee- 
ting. We foelieve that Mr. Powell declares this to be an oversight 
but we know he has not apologised for the oversight, unfortunate 
and liable to misconstruction as it was. We hope that Mr. 
Powell will realise that even from its Captain of Captains the 
Camp expects civility and must insist on having it. 

Mr. Thorpe has suggested the following committee: Chair- 
man: Capt. Thorpe; Vice-Chairman: Capt. Turnbull, Messrs. Willis 
and Cotterill as "outside members" but nominated by Mr. Thorpe, 
Messrs. Tapp and Roker, also nominated by Mr. Thorpe and 
three members to be nominated by the combined societies con- 
trolled. 

This is to say, the Captains' Office is to nominate six 
members and the Societies, the people who, mark you, do the 
work, are to nominate lonly three. Do the Captains seriously 
suppose that so autocratic an idea as this will be entertained 
by their fellow-prisoners ? 

If we 'may venture to make a Suggestion which we think 
would satisfy all parties, we propose that the Committee be 
composed of nine members as follows, Chairman: Mr. Thorpe, 
who is deservedly populär with us all, four members nominated 
by him as representing the Captains' Office, four members nominated 
by the Societies. Thus we should have a committee which would 
preserve the Camp from the boiling over of dramatic-enthusiasm 
and at the same time from a too (drastic interference of the 
Captains' Office in our Camp Entertainments. 




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WE are gl'ad to hear that our Iatest Camp undertakings, 
the R. X. D. and the Supplies Delivery are both flourishing. 
The Express delivery has delivered during the month dating 
from July 19th to August 19 th 5151 letters and post cards. 

The best days, that is to say 







the busiest days, for our Camp 
postmen are Mondays & Tuesdays 
but Committee meetings and the 
arrival of goods ordered at the 
canteen has much to do with the 
state of the post boxes. Their 
record day was August. l st , on 
which the R. X. D. delivered no 
less tham 559 Communications 
The Camp magazine has of course 
provided a great deal of work, 
989 copies of No. 5 were ordered 
for instance, and the round thou- 
sand taken over by the R. X. D. 
was sold by them. At all events 
the future of the R. X. D. is secure. 
By the way we hear it is 
just possible that the new Enter- 
tainments Committee will give our 
idea of ordering theatre tickets 
through the Camp post a trial. 

The Stores delivery Co is 
also well on its legs now and 
is supplying a long-felt want. Its 
record day was last Saturday, 
when it delivered 260 orders 
to a value of over M. 400. — 

Saturdaj- is of course the busiest day and for that day alone 

the staff is increased (by -6 'messengers, bringing the total num- 

ber to 12. 

The numlber fc>f orders is increasing at an everage 

10 per day, and the new concern is now paying its way. 



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BY the way, another Suggestion to the new Entertainments 
Committee, whatever its Constitution, for two nights in the week 
preserve us from our friends, that is to say allow no, entertainment 
or lecture to take place and throw the hall open for smoking 
and a free and easy smoking-concert if the men care to arrange 
one. — 



ENGLISH students of German in the Camp will be interested 
to hear that Mr. Stein is forming a new society to be called the 
the Ruhleben Society for German Drama and Literature. Among 
those who are responsible for the new society are a number of 
the gentlemen concerned in the excellent production of Dr. Klaus, 
and some members of the English Dramatic Societies. The new 
Society is keen on of fering opportunities to the student of 
bettering his acquaintance with the German language and lite- 
rature. Besides interesting itself in the production of plays, the 
society will arrange evenings devoted to German literature. 

Mr. Stein will be pleased to receive names of those 
wishing to join. 



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A special meeting of the Dramatic Society was held in 
the shed on Friday last. Mr. Woodthorpe who had called the 
meeting moved the following resolution; — "That Mr. Powell 
be asked to offer a written apology for his not having acknow- 
Iedged the Society's letters, and that upon receipt of his apology 
the R. D. S. withdraw its Ultimatum and recommence negotiations 
for the reconstruction of the Entertainments Committee". In mo- 
ving Mr. Woodthorpe suggested ,as a possible Solution that Mr. 
Thorpe's Suggestion as to the Constitution of a committee viz 
Captain Thorpe, Captain Turnbull, Messrs. Willis, Cotterill, 
Tapp & Roker (all nominees of the Captains' office) and three 
representatives of the combined societies be adopted, Messrs. 
Tapp & Roker to have no vote. 

Mr. Reynolds seconded the motion and severely criticised 
the committee for their action in ceasing activity as they had 
done. 

Mr. Danhorn retorted that the gentlemen who had brought 
forward the hiotion had a chance of speaking at the last 
meeting but had not evem voted against the strike. He criticised 
those people who while still attending the R. D. S. mieetings 
and not even voting against a strike when given the chance, 
were all the timei arranging . a black-leg show — Mr. Hersee 
was the offender he referred to. 

Eventually Messrs Woodhorpe & Reynolds resigned their 
membership of the society and walked out of the meeting, and 
a second later Messrs. Hersee & Crossland followed suit amid applause. 

A resolution declaring the meeting's entire confidence in 
the Committee & its actions was passedunanimously. 



WE are sorry that Mr. Higginson's little holiday prevented 
our including his portrait among the gentlemen who have made 
our theatre possible for us but we shall "snap" him for next time. 



"Hulloh, Bill, Where are you off to now?" 

"I'm going to be measured for another 5^^' 

"I suppose youMI go to Steinbock again. It's surprising, 
nearly everybody goes there. Why is that?" 

"Well, you see, if you want a really good suit and don't 
want to spend much money, that's the place for you to go. 

"How is it that fellow makes everything so cheap ; does 
he pinch his l cloth? ,, 

"Nonsense Jack, he doesn't pinch it, but he gets his cloth 
from wholesale manufacturers in large quantities and besides, 
he works on the American System." 

"I think you're right, I shall go to Steinbock at the Grand 
Stand Hall too next time. Good-bye." ADVT. 




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"THE FRIÜOLITY" RUHLEBEN. 

BUT you must have got awfully fed- 
üp in the evenings surely?" 

"Oh no we had heaps to do as 
a rule. We played chess or read and then 
once or twice a week we went to the theatre. 

"The theatre? Oh I suppose you 
mean you had amateur shows eh?" 

"Well they were amateur shows cer- 
tainly but the theatre was quite a well- 
equipped one." 

"Oh of course I forgot, Ruhleben 
was a race course and a sort of cafe 
chantant in the evenings in peace times 
I suppose. But it was rather a bit of 
luck being jugged in a place with a 




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wasn't a place with a 
- we were jugged first and 



theatre 

then we made the theatre." 

"Made a theatre? Rather a 
tall order, what ?" 

"Oh we didn't find it so. We 
were an extraordinary conglomera- 
tion of people at Ruhleben and 
there were really very few things 
we couldn't have tackled. We ran 
quite a good university there, for 
mstance and we had a regulär 
school with over a thousand schol- 
ars. We were nibs at languages 
I can teil you. It was awfully 
funny; the first idea with regard 
to getting rid of Time that Struck 
us was swotting some beastly lan- 
guage, and I should say half the 
camp sweated away at some lingo 
or other. It was a collection! 
The weirdest lot of Englishmen 
I've ever Struck. Quite a crowd 
of them didn't speak English at 
all and used to give lessons in 
whatever lingo the knewn in 
return for instruction in their 
mother - tongue. I got quite a 
nut at Spanish myself. You could 




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learn anything f rom French to Chinese. Why hang it ! we used 
to run the blessed theatre itself in three languages." 

"I say that must have been rather a trial, what? I suppose 
the chaps who didn't speak English spoke their own languages eh ? 
I remember hearing an opera like that, the tenor proposed 
in Italian and the heroine accepted him in Gennan — still 
it didn't make so much differenoe after all — didn't undersdand 
either of 'em myself." 

"Don't be dense you ass ! I mean we had plays played 
entirely in English, German, or French." 

"Oh, I see ! But that wasn't half so sporting as if you'd 
mixed 'em all up on the same stage!'' Blut look here you 
dont mean tosay you really built a theatre!" 



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"Rather oomfy little place if you blew a tanner for a 
stall, though the fourpenny upper circle wasn't so special. You 
see in front of the race oourse there was a big grand- stand 
and underneath was a large hall that was used as a refreshment 
place in peaoe times. Well you see we got hold of this hall 
and built a stage — put a few chairs in and some benches, 
and there you are !" 

"Must have taken no end of a time to fit up, what?" 

"Oh it got along bit by bit, but to my mind the first days 
were much more sporting. I was a scene shifter at "Thingumybob 
& the Lion" by Whatshisname, you know, the chap who wrote 
"The Superman". Awful bilge too except the lion bit of it 
and the heroine. S'he really did get a reception I can teil 
you. First wench we'd seen for five months do you wonder 
at it? Queer looking little kiddy off the stage too, one of 
these young nuts who read Homer for fun" ! I 
remember everybody expected to be most fright- 
fully bored but it wasn't half bad. The way they 
got things going was certainly something marvellous. 
A fellow called Kapp started it, awful chap, 
so beastly energetic, used to make me tired to 
look at him, but he certainly had ideas. 

"What Struck nie most about that first Per- 
formance, I remember, was the footlights. They 
were candles with Condensed milk tins as shades 
behind them, and when the scene had to be chan- 
ged they just pulled a string and the lights turned 
round and shone right in your eyes, so that you 
couldn't see the chaps changing the scene — 
you oould hear 'em cussin' sometimes though, 
when they dropped a hammer or something. And 
the lion was really great; they made a mask 
out of bits of cloth and paint and pinched some- 
body's für gloves for the paws, and really he 
was quite as good as the beast I saw in Town, 
and far more sportnig. By the way, some blighter 
pinched the lion's head later on — awful row 
about it. One ot the captains was implicated, 
so I understand. 

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scenery 



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"Oh we managed that all right, you see 
when we couldn't get any scenery at first, we 
hung curtains round the stage, and told each other 
that we didn't like conventional scenery and that 
symbolical curtains were much better. I remember Mr. E 




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one chap, Henry Leigh, I think he called himself, one of those 
futurist johnnies you know, put on "As you like it" with green 
curtains and blue music ; no end of a rag it was ! But later on 
we got regulär scenery and flies and f lats and battens, and borders, 
and prosceniums and auditoriums and what-not galore. 

Have you ever been beKind, I don't mean in the Green 
room, but behind. Awfully weird looking hole, behind the stage, 
You see it was like this, »round the back of the stage were 
canvas screens which were painted over and over again according 
to whether you wanted a "Yummy-yummy propose to her in 
the corner" soene, or a storm at sea. Then along the top are 
laid two screens which form a oeiling, and which you just 
pulled up on end when you didn't want 'em — thought ourselves 
no end of nuts, when we got that moveable ceiling. And then 
there were bits of canvas hanging lacross the top of the stage, 
which they call borders, which were painted, so that when 
you looked up from the audience you thought you were looking 
up into the sky, or green trees, or whatever the painting johnnies 
had put there. Then we made (no- end of progress with the foot- 
lights ; we got electric lights, red, white or blue, so that we 
got any lighting effects we wanted. Of course there were electric 
things stuck here and there in the floor, so that if you wanted 
to light a red-paper fire in the grate, you just took a bulb 
and a bit of wire, and stuck the plug into one of these holes 
in the floor. Then the limelight was great fun. They built a 
sort of platform just under the roof ; the aeroplane, we used 



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to call it ; and a chap used to sit on this, with his f eet 
dangling over the audiences' heads, and wangle a very powerful 
light so that he could follow the hero about the stage with a 
searchlight and make sure we didn't lose him in the crowd. 
The chaps who used to look after the light, let me see, what 
did they call 'em — oh yes I remember, — Henry and Baxter, 
were Marconi men, and of course, no end of nuts at messing 
about with wires, and lights, and switchboards and things. They 
fixed a telephone from the aeroplane up in the roof down 
to the back of the stage. Then, my boy, we had a special 
sunrise box ! Never did understand that thing myself , but old 
Kindersley used to call it the "dimmer". At first the light was 
faint, and then it got brighter and brighter, tili you kidded 
yourself the old sun was just round the corner of the left wing. 

"But look here, that's the sort of thing you get at a regulär 
theatre." 

"Well so it was a regulär theatre, except' for old 
Thingumbob's oostume, what do they call that wench — you 
know — the lass in "As you like it" that dressed up in boy's 
togs — a little rosy-cheeked kid named King played it. Anyway 
Roker, and he was a professional who had produced ballets 
and pantomines and whatnots, told me that our little camp 
theatre was as well equipped as many provincial theatres. He 
took me round one day, I remember and explained how the 
scenery all fitted into slots in the beams at the top of the 
stage, so that the chaps who were changing the furniture could 
do so while the scenery was being altered without the two sets 
of 'em falling over each other. He talked an awful lot about 
flies and wings and things, and I didn't understand half he 
said — but anyway don't interrupt with silly questions. 

"Yes, but look here, what did you do for furniture ? 

"Furniture? Oh we made that out of sugar-boxes, and 
biscuit-tins, most of it, and the dresses we made ourselves, too ; 
but I can't explain all that. Oh, I know — I've got some 
copies of the camp rag lying about somewhere. There were 
some articles about all that sort of thing in it. 111 let you see 
it sometime." 

Eh? Well, hang it, lf we could run a regulär theatre, surely 
we could run a magazine. Why the theatre used to run the 
beastly thing by itself, for it was always jam-full of criticisms 
of plays we hadn't seen and therefore didn't want to read abouF, 
or plays we had seen, and had all the more reason for not 
wanting to read about 'em. But do shut up ! How do you 
suppose I can teil you how we spent our time if you go on 
interrupting like this. As I was saying, we played chess, or 
we swotted languages, or etc., etc., etc. SPINTHO. 



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ODE. 



By RON. 

The R.D.S., the R.D.S., — 

Where coy Lavinia coo'ed and preached, 

Where Holmes cleared up a horrid mess, 

Where Enid sobbed, and Phoebe schreeched ; 

A smile celestial gilds it yet, 

But all except the smile is set. 

Who can forget the icy thrill 

When Spintho formed the "Lion's share"? 

Do not sweet memories linger still 

Of artful Lady Sis so fair? 

What scene could ever make us shake 

Like Adler and the Sprockled Snake? 

The RD.S., the R.D.S , — 

Tears blind me at the thought of Ros- 

Alind s attenuated dress, 

And Hymen's chaste Maud Allan pose, 

And Cattermole, — and then, the pri- 

Vate secretary's eyel 

The master of the house we've had; 
But where's the master builder gone? 
HE stays alive, (if somewhat mad) 
At least until the play's near done. 
We ve had some things we didn't like : 
But "Phipps" was nectar to a strike ! 

Oh R.D.S., dear R.D.S , - 
The Silver Box and Bailad Mong- 
Er gave us all true cause to bless 
Your work with no uncertain trsngue. 
And though internal strife might rage, 
All went like clockwork on the stage. 

But now a rabble fills the hall, 

Where once the lofty-browed and wise 

Were wont to take a tanner stall 

And praise, expound or criticize. 

Their seats are now profaned, worse luck! 

The R.D.S-, alas, has STRUCK! 





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LAWN TENNIS IN RUH LEBEN. 



SCMEWHAT late in the season, it is true, yet not too late 
to provide two to thlree months' good exercise and keen sport, 
Lawn-Tennis has been added to the sports in Ruhleben. 

Judging by the popularity of the courts, and the number 
of players who have joined the Association, the facilities for 
play now provided must be very welcome to many sportsmen 
in the Camp. 

The first tennis court was finished on July the 16th. 
Since thien the number of courts has, owing to the large demand, 
been increased to seven, of which we can say that not one 
is ever out of use for ten minutes during the hours available 
for play. 

The courts themselves have proved quite satisfactory. The 
surface is, if a little too soft, not unpleasantly rough or unyielding, 
and in play the slight slan't of the raoe track is not great 
enough to prove a disturbing element or a hindrance to accurate 
placing. Tennis courts ought nghtly to be laid out in the 
North-South direction, but as it was impossible to adhere to 
this rule, the players are facing the sun and the deficiences in 
light very cheerfully. Unfortunately the light will grow worse 
and not better as the season draws on. But perhaps most of 
the players will have grown fairly accustomed to it by that time. 
Almost every barrack is represented in the Tennis Asso- 
ciation, Barrack 10 coming per- 
haps most prommently to the 
fore in this, as in other sports. 
It is strong numerically and need 
further be in no fear of not hav- 
ing lts reputation well upheld. 
Apart from Masterman, whose 
play has already afforded us a 
new proof of his all round abili- 
ty as a sportsman, and proved 
him one of the best players in 
Ruhleben, Gilbert, Kindersley, 
Harrison, Molony, Rupell and 
others would form a useful team, 
which would be difficult to beat 
by any other barrack in the 
camp. I seem to have forgotten 
one player who well deserves 
mention. H. H. Swift, who im- 
pressed me considerably the first 
time I saw him by the serene 




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audacity of this footfaults! I only hope he won't lose his service 
altogether, when he finds himself being footfaulted in match play. 

Barrack 8 has contributed a larger quota of players than 
most of the others, nearly all of whom play a good game. 
Maxwell, however, who learnt his tennis in Switzerland in easily 
the best among them, and indeed one of the half-dozen strongest 
players in the camp. Of the rest, Macintosh has the most 
pleasing style, and promises to make good progress. The same 
applies to Fachirt of Barrack 7, whose style, however, while 
delightful to watch, greatly exceeds his inclination to run about 
the court. 

Moresby White, Brown, Saunders and Aiston seem to 
be Barrack 11 's & 7's keenest Lawn-Tennis players, and have 
already made visible progress, Brown in particular attracting 
attention by a hurricane drive ; very dif f icult f or an Opponent 
to take, but unfortunately not always quite easy to execute. 
(We hope, incidentally, that the delivery of our Enghsh parcels 
offioe is not suffering from the devotion of its workers to tennis !). 

The "Phoenix Club'' has undertaken to represent Barrack 5. 
And indeed some of its members are hardly ever absent from 
the courts. Ludlow has taken to tennis as keenly as he did 
to Rounders and cricket, without apparently entertaining any 
fears of detrimental effect to wrist or fingers. 

O'Hara Murray's reputation as a tennis player is of long 
standing, and if he is not in form as yet, his play has at 
least oertainly not discredited it. 

In the course of the season one or two tournaments will 
probably be arranged (without prizes being considered a necessary 
incentive to English sportsmen, I hope). These will undoubtedly 
do a great deal towards stimulating the interest of the tennis 
players, and will, I hope, also provide good entertainment to 
many interested spectators. 

s G. K. L. 




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"THE RUH LEBEN WHO'S WHO." 

WE intend to enlarge on the ideas of the Lancastrian Society, 
who have published a list of their members' names and 
addresses (to be had prioe 50 Pfgs. at our office — advt.), and 
oompile a sort of combined Directory and Who's Who for the 
persons interned in the whole Camp. 

In a few days a printed sheet of questions will be given 
to everybody and it is hoped that these will be returned to 
this office correctly filled in. When published the data thus 
gathered should form ai valuable work of reference and no 
novelist's, or begging-letter writer's desk should be without it. 

We publish below a| list of the queries : 

1 . Name. 

2. Nickname used in Camp (as Stiffy, Tabby, Gobbler, 

Giggier, etc.). 

3. Address (for this purpose, certain quarters of Barrack 11 

are considered temporary). 

4. Name of your Club. (Corner House, Phoenix, Bessere 

Leute, etc.). 

5. Are you or have you ever been Captain of a Barrack ? 

6. Reasons of your resignation. 

7. Are you a Super or Sub man? 

8. Pastimes or Hobbies (as Cricket, Football, attending, 

lectures, circulating rumours, etc.). 

9. How many measles did you have ? 

10. Highest score made at Cricket? 

11. Greatestnumber of hours you? have "done"? 

12. Number of "Pots"y° u carried off at the sports? 

1 3. Are you member of Mr. Dix' pot- reducing class? 

14. Give brief account 




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of the unique 
circumstances 
which prevent- 
ed you getting 
away from Ger- 
many on the 
eve of the war. 

15. Do you possess 

any linked Or- 
nament of gold? 

16. Are you down- 

hearted? 



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STOLEN MIDNIGHT INTERVIEWS. 

Wo. 2. The O'Sulllvan of Ballysport. 

THE express postman knocked at the O'Sullivan's palatial 
abode near Bond Street. 

"What the deuce do you want, young shaver?" growled 
a voice from the intenor. 

"Urgent Letter for you, sir". 

"Eh ? What ? The Spectral Dustman wants to interview 
me at midnight for the 'I.R.C does he? Do I get a medal 
or a silver cup for allowing him the privilege, young man, eh ?" 

"Don t know, sir. Yer oughter have one, sir!' 

"Alright" growled the voice again. "Teil him tp come. 
111 be awake (softly), if I'm not asleep." 



The ornamental lakes near Bond Street reflected dully 
the starlit sky. The dustman walked slowly along the banks, 
wailing for the witching hour which should send him to his 
interview with the Ballysport. He bagan to muse — suddenly 
the air was filled with ghostly figures ! Some f litted in various 
directions, holding beautif ully engraved silver cups bef ore them ; 
halos of medals surrounded them ; some were running, some rowing, 
some pulling, and some firing starting pistols into the midst 
of a spirit-like, short-dressed crowd — — Boom ! Twelve of 
them. \ j ■ ;•'''.! 

With a resounding clang on the massive door, the dustman 
requested admittance to the home of the O'Sullivan. 

It was granted. 

"Oh! so you're this spectral fellow, are you?" said the 
owner when he saw his interviewer. "Have you brought your 
medal along ?" 

So sorry, Ballysport, but I haven't done anything to 
deserve one yet — except that I am living in Ruhleben" meekly 
answered the dustman. 

You haven't eh ? Well, come to me for instruction, and in 
a few days you'll deserve sufficient cups and medal, to furnish 
a house with." 

The O'Sullivan delivered himself of this offer while standing 
against his massive four-poster, his hands moving resflessly 
in his pockets, a cigarette burning furiously in his mouth, and 
his eyes glancing longingly at a two-litre pot of tea standing 
on the massive table. 

Now he continued, "I suppose you want to know what 
I've done and what I am, eh?" 

Without waiting for an answer, the O'Sullivan sat down 

on his massive chair and began the relating of his Performances. 

Well, it was I (accented strongly), who first starled that 



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bally sporting idea of having races for medals and prizes. A 
medal, y'know, especially a massive one, something tangible 
in its appearance, and I (accented strongly) don't believe in 
holding any contest without some reward being held out a\. 
the finish — like the carrot held up before the donkey. Then, 
of course, I (strongly accented) suggested having Great Sport, 
a whole week of it, with a glittering array of silver at the 
end. It was a splendid Suggestion (Growing enthusiastic) you 
remember how everyone turned up to back the winner — 
or tried to ?" 

The dustman nodded his head sadly. 

"The only trouble ', continued the massive one, "was that 
this medal fever spread enormously. Some fellows, who could 
not win a race by any fair means and thus gain a prize grew 
horribly jealous and began to want a medal for being among 
the race of people in Ruhleben. I had to support this move- 
ment, because everyone was acquainted with my passion for 
medals and, therefore, relied upon my massive strength to provide 
arguments in its favour." 

His interviewer looked very sad on heanng this confession. 
He remembered some meetings, principally in thje open-air, where 
massive arguments had been used. 

"You know, also" went on the Ballysport, "that I like 
a long pull between — - " 

The dustman glanced round for the flask. 

"Oh no', my friend. I don't mean what you mean ! It is 
a strong tug-of-war pull, with medals for the winners and 
10 to 1 on my team, If they lose — well ,there you are!" 




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"I also have another idea.'' He paused. The dustman looked 
at the massively built figure of the Great Sport and wondered 
how so many ideas were produced. 

He continued. "When the Ruhleben Lake Distnct reaches 
high water mark again. I propose training crews for the eights', 
Oxford fashion, don't you know, old fellah." 

It was remarkable how that inimitable Oxford accent 
appeared in the O'Sullivan's mode of speech when he mentioned 
that famous 'Varsity, which has given so many men to make 
the 'tone' of this city. For a time, no word was spoken, the 
dustman being afraid to Interrupt the thoughts of one who 
was a chosen trainer of England's proudest and most exclusive 
sons. i 

At last, the O'Sullivan heaved a massive sigh. "You know," 
he said, "it's a fine thing to be the O'Sullivan of Ballysport, 
a colonial-born," an Oxford-'man', a great power in the sportmlg 
world of the city, a backer of all sure things, a co-worker 
in physical culture, a trainer of pulling teams, a starter of the 
best, an organiser of all branches of athleticism for medals 
and cups, a sträng believer in the power of reward for effort, 
a non-believer in the value of sport, without a pnze to stimulate 
the will, and, best of all, a true blue to the backbone." 



A dank of arms ! The O'Sullivan turned as pale as his 
bronzed countenance would allow, turned out the dustman and 
closed the massive door with a bang. The Ballysport had re- 
venged his inquisitor by sending him into the arms of the sentry 
— nearly. THE SPECTRAL TUSTMAN. 




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The Wednesday 
Evening Service 

After the pause during the hot weather, these 
CAMP SERVICES recommence on Wednesday 
Sept. 1 st at 7 p. m. The Speakers during September 
will be as follows: 

Sept 1 st Arthur Howard. 

„ 8 th E. FL F. Simmons. 

» 15 th H. M. Andrews. 

„ 22 na .... /. D. Ketchum. 

« 29 th A. J. Kemp. 



- J J 



MISS MOLLY M'GINTY SENDS US THE 
FOLLOWING UNSOLICITED TESTIMONIRL: 

■vor t leattu <zn€enaia ana ecr.cectent 
to/f- e £(? tne d^age aool laöC* -nignt, 
antt GS /eec Q/ muöt lea&u. wlite c*a 
£et€ yau. no-io aoaa & cnin& it* iö Q/c- 
wnoted&me ancC fiute. GSc* lemiiiaA me 
o^ my- «zj^* totti, in (Ongtan.a lonele 
Gs ativa?^ afe ■uowl Q/o&ee ae *=Zua;e- 
Q/ön t* tt* t'u.öl' Oficenaia ueing auie So 
ae£ i£ ac* tne G/lcenceaen <$/ Coleb Aeie? 
t/oulö tieiu. ötnceietif 

ENGLI8H TOFFEE: 2 packets 15 Pfg. at Ruhleben Stores. 




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Däi KLAUS. 




gave us some 
comedian pari 
too numerous 



delightfuhl 



strong in the 
Sven Holm 
as the 
bashfuhl 

lover, 
and the 
producer 
himself 
humour in the broad 
The other members of the cast, 
for individual mention, were all 
well up to Scratch. Messrs. Leopold Stein and 
J. M. Boyd, who were responsible for scenic 
effects, are to be congratulated on their success. 

In expressing our appreciation to the Society 
and to Mr. Stein we venture to hope that, 
should they decide on another production, they 
will not be too modest in their choice of a play. 
They have at their disposal a number of very 
capable men, strongest in character parts, and 
German hterature is rieh enough in real humour 
to obviate any necessity of the production of 
such artificial, barren stuff as Dr. Klaus. If they 
can do so well under the handicap of a plot of 
no intrinsic interest, diluted by sentiment thatjs 
largely bathos, what mightn't they do with — 
to mention only a couple, very tentatively — 
Der zerbrochene Krug, Die Journalisten, or (with 
judicious cutting) Der Biberpelz? H. M. 



BOTH the stage manage- 
ment and the acting of 
Dr. Klaus — given, we wi- 
derstand under the auspices 
of the German Society, and 
produced by Mr. Joseph 
Stein — were excellent. 
Messrs. Esders and Moeder 
made their debut in femmi- 
nine parts, and deserved all 
the enthusiasm they aroused. 
Mr. Alfred Volke was 
title role- Mr. 
very amusing 




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THE OVERCOAT. 




J. P. WHARTON was a 

good friend of mine, but I think 
I am correct in stating that he 
valued his overcoat more than 
anything in the world — after my 
fnendship of course — . It 
certainly was a wonderful creation, 
a lovely , long , tight - fitting, 
deep - chested, double - breasted, 
well-cut brown ulster, with all 
the necessary fittings and ap- 
purtenances thereto, everything 
finished off in the very best 
Bond Street style. Wharton 
unfortunately left it one day in 
the common meeting shed, and 
though he remembered it even 
before he had got as far as 
the Pond Stores and went back 
at once , he was too late. 
It had vanished. Useless to ad- 
vertise for it, for who would 
bring back an overcoat like that, even if the taker had been 
an honest man previously. Useless to look up the advertisers 
of the many coats for sale, for who would seil a stolen coat — 
He was broken-hearted. 

Then one day, he saw it. He was Coming out of the 
debate on "Honesty in Public Life" and saw it just in fronft 
of him, doing its best to cover a large and powerfully built 
Seaman. For a moment he stood stock-still, overcome by the 
sight, then with a hoarse cry he rushed off, determined to 
throw himself on the blackguard and tear the coat off his 
back, or die in the attempt. 

But as he got nearer, he changed his mind. It seemed 
to him the chances were lall on his dyir\g, the man was so 
very powerful. No, this was clearly not a case for force 
but for diplomacy. So instead of throttling the stranger, he 
got into conversation with him, asked if he had been to the 
debate. Said that personally he did not believe in honesty, 
as a matter of fact. The other agreed. Told Wharton he 
took what he could get, more or less, down here at any rate. 
They all do in our barrack. 

"Oh! What barrack is that?" 



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"Barrack 17 B Loft. We've the snuggest corner in the 
whole Camp. You must come up there one evening." 

"So I will" said Wharton grimly, but the time he chose 
was not the evening. It was dinner-time when all the barrack 
had gone for soup. 

It was a glorious day, and even the gloomy loft of 
Barrack 17 seemed to breathe life in cleanliness. The sunbsams 
Coming through the little windows played stränge pranks in 
there, poking their noses over rafters, into dark corners, dancing 
round chairs, running under lines of drying linen and crowding 
round a mattress, where, all illuminated by their fiery faces, 
lay in all its splendour — Wharton's overcoat. 

Wharton looked round. Except for a sick man, apparently 
asleep, some five or six mattresses off, the room seemed empty. 
With a quick movement he bent over, and picked the coat up. 
He was just going to move off when a voice hailed him. A 
big, burly, brutal voice it was, the kind of voice a buffalo 
or one's conscienoe would have. "Put that coat down," it 
said. He turned round. It was the sick man who was sitting 
up with a nicely balanoed clog in one hand. 

Wharton and his coat were outside the loft door quicker 
than greased lightning. 



his overcoat as 

How he smiled 

How tenderly 



How he crowed over 
he brought in into the box! 
as he laid it on the bed! 
he stroked it! 

But suddenly the outstretched hand 
contracted, twitched spasmodically. He had 
feit something sticky nasty. He put his 
hand gingerly in the pockets and withdrew 
them empty, dirty. Only in the breast -pocket 
was M. 28. — in small notes, and — a flea. 

With a groan he picked up the coat 
again, and prepared to go out. 

"Wat are you going 
to do?" we asked, for he 
looked desperate. . .•'."> 

"Take it back. It's no x N \ 

use to me any longer" he -•'.-. 
almost sobbed. 

"But you cannot take 
it now. The culprit will 
be there. There may be 
trouble. Wait tili tea-time," 
we broke out in chorus, 




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"You are right" he said mournfully, and we crept silently 
out, leaving him to his overcoat and his sorrow. 



At tea-time he crept sadly back to Barrack 17. There 
was no-one there this time, and even the sick man had gone 
— let us hope he was dead. Silently and solemnly he laid 
the overcoat on the bed again. Then with a mournf ul smile 
he pulled out a little slip of paper and pinned it on to the 
coat. The note read : 

To one overcoat M. 28. — 

Reoeived with thanks. 18. 8. 15. 
And then in big, bold letters, the initials : R. I. P. 

T. G. 



THE BATTLE - AXE. 

The shades of night were faliing fast, 
They were without a doubt; 
'Twas half past nine within the loft 
And just as late without. 



As I retur ed to "shlafen gehen" 
(I sleep in the corner dim) — 
In murderous attitude I saw 
My neighbour, Cockney Jim. 

In his sinewy hands an axe he grasped, 
'Twas thrown behind his Shoulder; 
One moment more, some victim sure 
Would soon grow cold and colder. 

My heroic blood within rae boiled, 
As I caught his villainous gaze ; 
I rushed on him and caught his arm, 
Thus lengthening somebody's days. 

"Bloodthirsty wretch ! is that your game 
To chop off somebody's head?" 
But he replied; "Gaw blimey no! 
l'm miking me bloomin* bed '. 





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FHC3AL 

oncES| 



THE following order 
has been lssuid by the 
mihtary authonties: — 
The interned are herewith informed that lt is forbidden 
to give Orders to businesses outside of the Camp for food and 
other articles which are sold by the Camp Canteens. This 
appües to all Orders, without exception, whether given by one 
person, alone, or by several persons collectively. 

The Censors have received Instructions to keep back all 
letters containing such Orders, and the Parcel Post authorities 
will not deliver parcels, the contents of which come under 
the above heading, and which have been despatched by businesses 
in reply to demands from persons interned in the Camp. 



LETTERS to Neutral countries may not be longer than 
two sides of one of the sheets of Official Camp letter paper. 
Letters to England and Germany continue as before. 



EVERYONE is allowed two of the new Parcel acknow- 
ledgment cards each week in addition to his one postcard. 
Nothing must be written on the parcel cards except the bare 
particulars of the parcel acknowledged otherwise the card will 
he distroyed. The cost is 5 pfg. for 6 cards. 



THE rooms in the first Grand Stand, formerly used as the 
Dry Goods Stores, have now been turned into a fully 
equipped Dental Surgery. All the most modern appliances have 
been purchased and the Surgery is in the hands of two fully 
qualified Dental Surgeons, Dr. H. Sumner Moore and Dr. 
Percy Rutterford. The charges will be as reasonable as is 
possible considering that only first class work will be done, 
and those men who are not in a position to pay will have 
their teeth attended to at the expense of the Briitsh Relief Fund, 
but they must not expect, firstly, to have any but really necessary 
teeth attended to and, secondly, to have gold fillings where 
cheaper material can be used! A consultation fee of M. 1. — 



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will be charged which will be deducted from the bill if the 
teeth are in need of treatment. 

By the time this paper is published the Surgery should 
be in füll swing. 

THE East end of the large Grand Strand has been turned 
into a Cinematograph theatre, which will also be opened by 
the time this paper appears. There will be running Performances 
if practicable from 9 a. m. tili 6 p. m. daily. 

Füll particulars of prices and detailed programmes will 
be issued in due course. 



THE new shower baths and washing sheds, fitted up on 

the site of the old latrines, are now open and are already 

proving a ,great benefit to the camp. Windows will also be put 

in order to be ready for the cold weather. 



ARRANGEMENTS are being mad^ 




to provide proper 
drainage for the 
yard in the wet 
weather, especially 
behind the boiler- 
house. When this 
has been attended 
to a shed is to be 
erected for the pur- 
pose of installing 
a cooking ränge 
where men can 
take their eggs and 
bacon and similar 
dehcacies to be 
fried, cooked or 
boiled as the case 
may be. This 
should prove a very 
welcome boon 

during the winter 
months. 

EVERY effort 
is being made to 
provide the Edu- 
cational Depart- 
ment with the 
necessary room to 
carry on the large 



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number of classes which are now being 
arranged. The loft of Barracks No. 6 has 
unfortunately been taken from us for the 
time being, but we hope to have the use 
of it again before long. 



IT is too early to inform the camp 
of all the improvements which we hope 
to see made before the winter is upon 
as but we should like to make it know 
that the following questions are being 
thoroughly gone into at the present mo- 
ment, viz. the erection of an additional 
latrine, a central urinal, additional 
heating and lighting, provision of a 
clothes drying machine, erection of sheds for smoking and indoor 
recreations, supply of bedding and blankets, etc., etc. 




MR. RICHARDSON AS 

'THE LUCKIEST MAN OF 

THE FORTNIGHT". 



RICE AND PRUNES. 

Where'er you see a barrack wend its way 

Towards the kitchen, whistling lively tunes, 

Ycu're safe to bet the menu for the day 
Is 'rice and prunes*. 

No other dinner has such power to impart 
A smile, alike to supermen and loons, 

As that last triumph of the cooking art — 
Boiled rice and prunes. 

Let others long for matrimonial bliss 

And liberty and such forbidden boons ; 

I'm quite content so long as I don't miss 
My rice and prunes. 

And often at the swill-tub (so it's said) 

You'll hear some pious soul who softly croons 

A testimonial unsolicited 
For rice and prunes. 

The very milkman rubs his hands and beams, 
To see his pro f its mounting like balloons; 

He has no better customer, it seems, 
Than rice and prunes. 



No doubt we'll all be here a long time yet; 

But though we're jugged for twenty thousand moons, 
Some day we'll leave, and think with fond regret — 

Of rice and prunes. 




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WHY? 



*T*HANK you, thank you, Cap- 

■*■ tains all, 

Supermen, and Buttonmen, 
Deans of Universities. 
Thank you I must 
When I think on that 
Which was, 

Compared to what shall be, 
Or e'en now is, 
Trank you. 

But why? — Why do you do it ? 
Captains all, Supermen, and Button- 
men, 
Deans of Universities — 
Why? 

What is the axe you're grinding? 
Or is it silly love 
Of mere publicity? 



Is it vain love of petty power, 

Or the venal gold that sears? 

Or is it honest love of toil — 

Unselfish thought 

For poor Humanity? 

Ask yourselves, 

For you must know 

Better than we. 

Yet be assured 

We feel the truth. 

Right here in Camp 

By your Fruit 

EACH ONE OF YOU 

IS KNOWN. 

Some of you we HATE, 

And some of you we LOVE ', 

Ask yourselves. 

Why? 




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/ T*HE different communities (says the genial Librarian of the 
Ruhleben Public Library) of which the Camp is composed 
may be readily recognised by the books which they borrow 
from the Library. The members of No. 6 Barrack, for instance, 
are insistant in their requests for Crawford's "Mr. Isaacs". 
Their near neighbours whose robust appetites have earned for 
them the title "The Hungry Eighth" obtain great satisfaction 
from the study of Baoon. Following a similar train of thougjit, 
though of course in a more refined (and expensive) channel, 
frequenters of the Casino call for H. G. Wells' "Food of the 
Gods". To No. 13 Conan Doyle's "White Company" makes 
a strong appeal ; while Jacob's "Captains All" ! has many friends 
among those who formed the now defunct Camp Committee. 
During the cold snap Dickens' masterpiece "Bleak House" was 
in frequent request by inmates of the Tea House. "Hard Times" 
by the same author is called for by the reading public generally. 

Among the books upon the Library list, two have failed 

altogether to attract readers ; they are Lubbocks "Pleasures 

of Life" and Mark Twain's "Roughing It". Those members 

of our Community who still remain optimists frequently ask 

for Dickens' "Great Expectations ", while their pessimistic brethljen 

derive a gloomy satisfaction from the perusal of Charles Reades' 

novel "For the Term of Natural Life". 

L. E. FILMORE. 







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T Tnfortunately rain interfered with last week's programme and 
^ as a result th© positions in the tables have not altered 
to any great extent. Since the appearance of "No. 5" there 
has only been one game of any particular interest, that between 
5 and 4; bad fielding lost 5 imany precious runs and lacking 
all chances, No. 4 were able to amass 136, Barrack 5 feil 
just 5 runs short of the necessary amount thereby suffering 
their second defeat of the season. 

Fikle fortune dealt severely with No. 4 in the match v. 
No. 2 in which No. 2 proved easy winners by 100 runs. — 
276 — 177 well done No. 2, bad luck 4! 

My next remarks concern the Barrack to which I owe my 
apologies the Barracks which although have played one game 
less than No. 10 Stands with No. 10 at the top of the table — 
No. 7! Barrack 7 has however, I believe, a lot of hard work 
before her before she can carry the cricket laureis, Nos. 2, 3 
and 5 may cause trouble, whereas 1 1 seems the only possible 
stumbling block to No. 10s progress. One would like to see 
a hard fight between these teams for the Ruhleben Championship. 
It is worthy of note by the way that the only team to beat 
7 was 10. 

10 secured 336 v. No. 1 and trundled their opponents out 
for 38 and 20. Harrison and Crossland batted exoellently for 
the winners. 

The second XI games have been most exciting and the 
table remains with 10 and 5 at the top. D. G. 



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REPORT OF THE SCHOOL 
COMMITTEE. 

Presented at the General Meeting of Teachers on 
Sunddy, Jtug. 22**. 

T N the four weeks that have ejlapsed since our last meeting, 
■■■ the reorganisation then made has in the opinion of the Com- 
mittee justified itseif : the general position of the School is 
much strenger than it was a month ago. The publication of our 
last report and the account of our reorganisation has had a 
benef icial effect : the Camp and the Off icials have become 
more sympathetic in their attitude as is shown in the fact that 
while our Chairman and Mr. Wimpfheimer continue to represent 
the Scheel' s interests on the Education Committee, a third 
rnember of the School Committee, Dr. Blagden, has been 
unanimously called to take a place on the Education Committee. 
The Accounts pilaoed before you at the last general meeting 
have been settled: and while considerable new expenditure has 
been incurred, most of it has ajlready been accepted by the 
Education Dept. and a regulär system of accounts has been 
set up for the school in that Departments Books. A statement 
has not yet been prepared : it will be submitted at a later 
meeting. 

But the condition of the school has improved not only in 
these respects : the various Department Representatives have 
made at least a beginning in the work of Organisation and deve- 
lopment. We have to welcome many new Teachers to our 
ranks, brough in to cope with the large influx of students who 
have been personally interviewed with regard to what classes 
they should join. By the end of the week, we are now entering 
on, the number of Classes in the school as well as the number 
of teachers actually at work will have passed the hundred, while 
the number of pupils actually receiving instruction will have 
passed the Thousand. 

While this record of achievement is one on which we 
may congratulate ourselves, it brings us face to face with two 
serious problems. 1. How we are to find accommodation for 
all these classes when the weather beoomes cold. 2. How we 
are to find the money necessary to pay the expenses of this 
so considerable Organisation. Both these problems your com- 
mittee has kept oontinually under consideration : the Edu- 
cation Department is fully aware of the urgency of these questions 
and the former question has been personally presented to the 
American Ambassador. 




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39 



There are points of detail which are perhaps worth men- 
tioning here. A pamphlet stating the aims and work of the 
Scnool is in preparation, and is already in the hands of the 
printer. Steps are being taken with regard to keeping füll class 
Registers (temporary registers will be issued this week) and 
the question of Examinations is being kept in mind. The Bord 
of Education has been asked to supply us with a referenjce 
library this and has responded generously, advising us that 
several hundred volumes will be despatched from England shortly. 

Brief as this report is, it represents when one considers 
the dificulties incident to we work in this Camp, a very con- 
siderable amount of work and the Committee feel that with 
the energetic support of the teachers, the school can look for- 
ward to doing work of which it will have every reason to feel 
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THE CLUB — A Poem with a Moral. 

There was a little man 
And he built a little den 

Right along the wall of Barrack Seven, Seven, Seven, 
And there he and his friends, 
A collection from all ends 

Of the earth, came and thought they were in heaven, 

heaven, heaven. 

But alack! Here comes the rub. 

For that nutty little club — 

I must teil you first the hut was built of wood, wood, 

The musicians wandered in wood. — 

All day long and made a din 

In fact they made the vilest din they could, could, could- 

And then there was a row 
And a mighty big pow-wow 

Was held by the angry ones.of Seven, Seven, Seven. 
And the war-cry went around 
"Let us raze it to the ground!" — 

This they did, and sent the little man to — heaven, 

heaven, heaven. 



W. N. G. 



MORE PERVERTED PROVERBS FOR PRISONERS. 

Sept. I. WED. It takes a wise man to make a Captain. 

„ 2. THUR. A Badge in the hand is worth two in the bush. 

„ 3. FRI. Faint heart ne'er won Casino-schein. 

„ 4. SAT. Set a-hen to catch a co-hen. 

M 5. SUN. Sufficient unto the day is the soup thereof. 

„ 6. MON. All's fair in love and Dramatic Societies. 

„ 7. TUES. Rumour hath charms to sooth the savage breast. 

„ 8. WED. A rolling potatoe gathers "slush". 

„ 9. THUR. Two of "the Profession" ne'er agree. 

„ 10. FRI. If at first you don't succeed — Stadtv.gtei. 

„ II. SAT. All's well that ends — elections. 

„ 12. SUN. Its an ill wind that blows nobody's trumpet, 

„ 13. MON. It's never too late to spend. 

„ 14. TUES. Where there's smoke there's a non-com. 

„ 15. WED. The early bird catches a cold. 



THE WORK OF THE 



41 



JiN OPEN LETTER TO THE CAPTAINS, 



DEAR CAPTAIN: 

Before you read further will you note the signature at the 
bottom of this letter for it will put you in the proper vein. 
I am writing you because I think there is nothing so pitiable 
as to see a man's work nullified by the fact that he is misunder- 
stood by those for whom he is working. I feel sure that your 
work in the Camp would be ten times as effective were there 
a feeling of real accord between you and those you represent. 
You are subjected to absurd allegations and despicable insi- 
nuations unworthy of our Camp, but really you are yourself 
greatly to blame for you have adopted an attitude toward your 
fellow-prisoners very much resembling that presented by a hed- 
gehog to a dog.who wishes to say good ; day to him. The simile 
fails, in so far as, though the dog might do the hedgehog 
härm were he not to present his bristles-, we assure you that 
your fellow-prisoners would not rüffle one hair of yours were 
they to catch you one day with your bristles down. 

The most potent factor in arousing the distrust with which 
you are at present regarded by an immense majority of the 
Camp has been your secreey. We know that your position is 
an extremely difficult one and that there are many matters on 
which you could not possibly take the Camp as a whole into 
your confidence but, you know, you NEVER take the Camp, 
into your confidence. Your announcements with regard to impro- 
vements and measures at which you think are for the good of 
the Camp are always made when these things are an accompKsh- 
ed fact. For instance, I happen to know you are arranging for 
the installat'on of a series of cooking ranges to be used by the 
Camp on the same System as we now get not waier, well now 
why not Iet others share your pleasant anticipation of the tneeting 
of a very long-felt want. 

Again when letters are addressed to you be sure you answer 
them, it is very impolite not to answer letters you know and 
I fear it is a bad habit you have got into. Then as far as 
you possibly can you might Iet us know how you spend our 
money and not meet our requests for a balance-sheet as though 
we were a ecusing you of trieft. For instance, your president when 
asked for a balance-sheet of the monies controlled by the Enter- 
tainments Committee declared that it was impossible to prepare 
such a document whereas a day later members of the Committee 
declare that it is not only posssible but that they intend doing so. 

If one of your fellow-prisoners asks to be allowed to speak 
to the Captains' meeting, why not ask him in, instead of doing 
as you did last week, refuse to reeeive any deputation. Of course, 
if my friend the Editor, asked leave to speak to the mee- 
ting, you would refuse, knowing as you do .that hie woulid 
only be there on his bw search for "copy", but when we others 
have a real grievance or Suggestion to put before you — Come 
now, why not ? 

You hear a l'ot of talk about yourselves, wild talk imputing 
all sorts of terrible things to you and breathing all sorts of terrible 
threats but surely you don't suppose we are all of us wild 



42 



bigots. Do you know my friend, that most of us feel quite sure 
that you are conscientiously working for the good of the Camp 
and we are grateful to you, but it really lsn't right of you 
to set up as autocratic tyrants because after all; you yourselves 
are Englishmen and know how "the blood" boils at an autocracy» 
however beneficient it may be. It is all that unfortunate manner 
of yours, couldn't you try and somehow alter things. 

Yours very sincerely, 

A. WELL-WISHER. 



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ALL letlers to the editor must be accompanied by name and Barracke 
Number of sender, not necessarily for publication but as a guarantee 

of good faith. 

Dear Sir : 

It having become the fashion to "tilt a lance" with the 
Entertainments Committee, may I perhaps suggest to the Cap- 
tains the advisability of increasing such Committee by the 
appointment of a "Censor of Plays" in order that each play 
submitted should be carefully read, and only passed when con- 
sidered likely to be of general interest to the Camp. There 
is at present a tendency to produce plays of a lugubrious cha- 
racter,*or plays with a purpose; and, as the educational side of the 
Camp is so ably handled by other and more competent authorities, 
surely the interests of the Camp are more studied, by using 
the theatre as a medium of entertainment and amusement. Such 
Censor should also bear in mind the limitations enforced by our 
internment and thus not overtax the lemency shown by a con- 
siderate Camp. 

Yours very truly, 

AUBREY H. HERSEE. 



Dear Sir : 

May I suggest through the medium of your valuable paper 
that : — A gate or small exit be made in the wire fencing 
near the lavatory on the promenade, so making a direct way 
from the Sports Ground to the lavatory, which I believe would 
be a great boon and convenience, for visitors on the Sports 
Ground. Believe me to remain, Yours respeetfully, 

A. C. B., Bar. 2. 



43 



Sir : The f inancial conduct of this Camp is degenerating 
into something approaching a scandal. It is the elementary duty 
of those concerned to run the Camp on lmes of economy ; 
instead of that it is run on lines of gross extravagance. In 
all its undertakings (and I refer only to those initiated by 
the Camp itself) we find BIG expenses and BIG balances. 
Is there need for either? Every new Suggestion seems to become 
the means for extracting the largest available amount of cash 
from the pocket of the mdividual (even empty cigar-boxes ori- 
ginally given "gratis" are now sold at 10 Pfg. at the störe). 
Big profits are made and big expenses accrue in order to balance 
same. Have the Captains ever considered WHERE all this 
money eventually drifts to, or perhaps, more correctly speaking, 
naturally flows to, and is this not a reason for giving them 
pause and causing them vigorously to think ? The Camp has 
not asked for, nor does it require, ANYTHING expensive, 
neither does it ask for big balances or larg3 profits fcr pro- 
blematical relief purpo- 
ses WHEN we go home. 
Neither is it in its pro- 
vmce to relieve already 
relieved Variety Artistes 
and others of ''such ilk". 
Services should be volun- 
tary or en'irely. dispensed 
with. The charge for seats 
should be as low as poss- 
ible to all alike and cnly 
sufficient to pay bare and 
necessary expenses. Many 
other economies will oeeur 
to your readers, and, I hope 
to the Captains, and in 
conclusion I earnestly sug- 
gest that in this matter we 
owe a duty not only to 
ourselves but to those at 
home who are bearing the 
heat and bürden of the day 
and whose judgmen^ we 
. most value. 

Yours obediently 

VOX POPULI. 




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Dear Mr. Editor : — 

For once in a way, our corner of Bar. 10. — is in complete 
agreement and we'd like to notify the fact, but as you have 
no Births or Marriages Column, we beg space instead of buying it. 

We read with regret that long-haired devils wish to pump 
Ibsen, further Shakespeare, etc. into this Lager. We wish 
those people were anywhere but here ; wheire Blox Office ret- 
ceipts would be a more immediate and definite reply from 
the public than is the case here where the poor prisoner sighing 
for "Charlie's Aunt'' would rather bear Elizabethan plays or 
Ibsen than boredom. Can nothing be done to muzzle these 
people and prevent them using our one and only theatre tD 
such vile and pseudo-artistic ends as the production of further 
pseudo-Shakespeare as badly done as the last. 

"Charlie's Aunt'' when badly done at least does not offend. 

Yours etc. 

THE CORNER OF BAR. 10. 



Sir, 

With the advent of the hot water ticket and the new 
boiler-house with its improved heating arrangements, we were 
allured into the belief that hot water would be obtainable 
at any time of the day, and not only intermittently as hiterto — 

This however does not appear to be the case ; in fact, 
difficulties in obtaining hot water seem to have increased in 
more than direct proportion to the increased facilities for its 
production. — 

Would it not be possible for the Captains, without undue 
loss of dignity, to look into this state of affairs, and organize 
the boiler-house department in a business-like way. It has 
even been suggested by impudent persons that the bad service 
now in vogue may be due to the boiler-house staff not finding 
their employment so remunerative under the new ticket System 
as hitherto. Yours faithfully, Q. ER. 

Dear Sir: 

I was very glad to see your notice in the last issue with 
reference to medals, and think the sentiments expressed by 
you cannot be put in too strong language. There can be no 
doubt that the limit was reached when a certain indiyidu,a,l 
took it upon himself to write a letter, purporting to voice 
the desire of the majority of the Camp, to a prominent member 
of the British Government asking his sanction to our having 
badges. Fortunately the letter was not allowed to leave the Camp, 
and the gentleman in question was prevented making a public 
Junatic of himself in England as well as in Ruhleben. 

(Continued on page 47) 



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This is not the only time it has occurred that sack a letter 
has been written either by an individual or by a committee 
of one of the numeroüs Ruhleben Societies, without even having 
the sanction of the Society. I do hope that in future no letter 
whatever will be sent by anyone in an unofficial position in 
the Camp to any member or department of the Home Government. 

The Government does not want to be contmually reminded 
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